Erma Johnson, Runner, Ganado Design, Navajo Handwoven, 121" x 35"
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|Rug Dye Type||Aniline Dye (commercial wool)|
|Rug Navajo Pattern||Ganado|
|Rug Time Period||Modern (Post 1950)|
Beyond the similarity in tradition and technique, however, various regions throughout the Reservation have created their own distinctive rug styles. Two Grey Hills rugs are prized for their fine tapestry weaves in natural shades of grey, black, cream and brown. Ganado Red rugs are sought for their boldness of color and geometric design. Lorenzo Hubbell introduced the vibrant red aniline dye at his Ganado Trading Post in the late 1800's. Wide Ruins and Burntwater rugs are outstanding examples of finely spun, vegetal dyed wool in intricate and interlocking patterns. Sage, rabbit brush, wild onion, parsley, wildflowers and numerous root stocks provide the source for the soft rainbow of colors.The Yei and Yei Bi Chei rugs of the Shiprock and Lukachukai areas are colorful weavings representing spiritual deities and the Yei Bi Chei dancers of the winter Nightway Ceremony. Other rug styles include Klagetoh, modern Crystal, saddle blankets, Tree of Life and the Chief rug with its wide bands of red, white and indigo blue. Creations like this that draw from the Ganado and turn them into an impressive runner.